May Sarton, prolific poet, novelist and memoirist, once said:

“The world is full of places. Why aren’t they enough? Why can’t I go somewhere and write?


For the creative (it takes one to know one), finding the perfectly comfortable spot, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, inspiring that “flow” can be tricky to find. I know from experience! I’m not sure about you, but I find, along with many other writing and creative friends, that nature stimulates the soul.


In fact, in a study published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2019, researchers found that spending time in nature can significantly improve cognitive function, including working memory and attention. The study also found that spending time in nature can improve mood and reduce stress. 

So if you are looking for nature and are in Victoria, Australia, you’re in luck – this stunning region is home to some of the best writing nature-filled retreats in the country. 

Here is just a handful for you to Ponder. 

The Writers’ Retreat Garden is a creative haven nestled in the tiny town of Birregurra, just two hours from Melbourne. Surrounded by shady trees, aromatic herbs, and blooming roses, this idyllic sanctuary offers the perfect setting for writers to immerse themselves in their craft. Linnet, the designer and host of the garden is a poet who understands how to balance the solitude you need with the company and support you crave. As well as providing delicious local food, coffee, herbal teas and rainwater, she guides you through the day with meditations, walking, space for writing and, most precious of all, a coaching session devoted to your words. The Writers’ Retreat Garden is open from late September to mid March, Thursday – Saturday, 10-4. (Maximum of four writers per day).

The Storytellers Nook, Panmure: This charming retreat is housed in a beautifully restored church, complete with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The gallery-style luxury retreat has an extensive library, luxe kitchen, beautiful writing desk, fast wifi and an open fire. Not to mention the claw foot tub, chef’s kitchen and Alice in Wonderland-inspired bedroom. With beautiful gardens to explore and the nearby Great Ocean Road, the Storytellers Nook is a must-visit for any writer seeking inspiration. Check out their website at

Wiggly Bottom Farm, Yarra Valley – This peaceful retreat is situated in the lush Yarra Valley, offering writers a serene and idyllic setting to focus on their writing. The charming cottage accommodation with a wood-burning fireplace is the perfect place to cozy up with your notebook or laptop. With beautiful gardens and a farm full of friendly animals, Wiggly Bottom Farm is the perfect place to escape the stresses of daily life and reconnect with nature. For more information, visit their website at

Wombat Bend, Yarra Valley: Located on the banks of the Yarra River, The Burrow at Wombat Bend provides writers a tranquil and inspiring environment to focus on their work. The private balcony with stunning views and comfortable accommodation make this retreat a must-visit for writers seeking solitude and inspiration. With abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery, Wombat Bend is the perfect place to let your creativity flow. Check out their website at

So, whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting, writing retreats in Victoria offer the perfect environment to focus on your craft. With beautiful surroundings, accommodation, and an abundance of inspiration, they provide a much-needed escape from the stresses of daily life. So pack your bags, grab your notebook or laptop, and get ready to let your creativity soar! 

The StorytellersNook Accomodation Victoria

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